Authorities in Germany’s eastern states of Saxony and Saxony-Halt discovered the man had been visiting vaccine facilities three times a day as part of a suspected scheme to resell proof-of-vaccination to anti-vaxxers
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The 61-year-old was rumbled by authorities in Germany’s eastern states of Saxony and Saxony-Halt after visiting a number of vaccine centres three times a day
In Saxony alone, he was found to have logged a massive 87 vaccinations, the Freie Presse newspaper reports.
He was caught out when a member of staff at a Dresden facility recognised him from a previous visit, according to the German Red Cross.
Cops eventually arrested the vaccine cheat when he entered another town, near to Leipzig, where he was then detained.
The German Red Cross has pressed charges and suspect him of being involved in the lucrative trade in fake vaccine passports.
Police in other German states have also launched investigations of their own, DPA reports.
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Authorities identified 87 occasions the man took a jab, but it’s thought the true number is far higher.
According to reports, every time he entered the facility he would take a blank vaccination form with him, and then resell the part of the document detailing batch numbers to anti-vaxxers.
The case has revealed a major hole in the German health system – which doesn’t have a national system of digitised medical information – after it was revealed the man registered for appointments using his real name and birthday.
Saxony state medical association spokesman Knut Köhler said: “A national vaccine register or a coronavirus vaccine register would have shed light on the case immediately.”
More than 75% of eligible Germans are double vaccinated – with just over half having taken a booster.
According to the latest data from the UK Government, 91.8 per cent of the population have had one shot and 86% are fully vaccinated.
The number of Brits having taken a booster is significantly lower at 67.5%.
In January, The Mirror revealed fake Covid vaccine passes are available to purchase on an encrypted messaging app.
Globally, Britain has had one of the highest vaccine take-up rates and suffers one of the lowest rates of scepticism towards the jab.
Consistently, significant swathes of the population come forward to get their first, second and booster jabs.
This is despite a noisy minority opposed to the jabs.
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However, for the extremes of that minority, some are turning to purchasing fake covid vaccine passes online.
This is a part of a worldwide problem that has seen encrypted messaging app Telegram used to sell vaccine passes in countries like the UK, US and Australia.
On one of the chat channels, they claim to have people “risking their jobs” to get “100% legitimate” vaccine passes.
They say they will provide a QR code as well as the physical card itself.
They charge antivaxxers £250 for a dose of Pfizer and £300 for a dose of AstraZeneca and do not offer Moderna or other types of jab.
This channel claims that they will get buyers onto the NHS ’ database in a “back door service” that will meet all legal requirements.